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JVC DLA-NZ9 D-ILA Laser Projector Review - Summary

Posted on March 9, 2022 by Phil Jones

The DLA-NZ9 retails for $25,999 and delivers 3000 Lumens with a high native contrast ratio of 100,000:1. The projector's BLU-Escent laser light source technology ensures 20,000 hours of nearly maintenance-free operation. It can also deliver rich vibrant colors. JVC also claims that with the Cinema Filter engaged, the NZ9 can reproduce nearly 100% of the DCI-P3 color space.

The NZ9 utilizes JVC's 0.69-inch 4K D-ILA devices to offer not only native 4K resolution but higher native contrast than most projectors in its price range.

By combining native 4K D-ILA devices with JVC's proprietary 8K e-shift-X technology, the NZ9 can deliver an 8K (8,192 x 4,320) projected image. Not only will the NZ9 upscale your HD and 4K content to 8k, due to its 48Gbps HDMI input it can accept 8K@60fps and 4K@120fps signals.

The DLA-NZ9 is equipped with a 100 mm diameter lens which adopts an all-glass design with 18 elements in 16 groups to deliver a high-resolution image with sharp focus across the entire screen.

The Adaptive HDR tone mapping combined with Theater Optimizer dynamically measures the brightness of HDR10 content and automatically adjusts the DLA-NZ9's settings to deliver the best HDR picture possible. The NZ9 also supports HLG and HDR10+.

The DLA-NZ9 be a great addition to any Home Theater

JVC 4K D-ILA projector lineup in divided into two series starting at $6,999.95. The first is the Precision Series and it consists of the DLA-NP5, DLA-NZ7, DLA-NZ8, and the DLA-NZ9. The second is the Reference Series, which includes the DLA-RS1100, DLA-RS2100, DLA-RS3100, and DLA-RS4100.

Spending an additional $10,000 to step up from JVC's mid-level 4K projector DLA-NZ8 ($15,999 SRP) to the JVC DLA-NZ9 ($25,999 SRP) provides a noticeable boost in performance.

While both models feature JVC’s proprietary 8K/e-shiftX technology, the DLA-NZ9 uses JVC's top-of-the-line 100mm all-glass lens assembly. The higher quality lens not only delivers sharper focus but also gives the NZ9 a noticeable boost in brightness and contrast ratio over the NZ8.

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The 100mm all-glass lens assembly delivers a crystal clear image while maximizing brightness and contrast

The NZ9 claimed brightness (3000 ANSI lumens) is 500 lumens higher than the NZ8 (2500 ANSI lumens).The DLA-NZ9 (100,000:1 native, 1,000,000:1 Dynamic) offers 20 percent more contrast than the DLA-RS2000 (80,000:1 native, 800,000:1 Dynamic).

In addition to being both THX® 4K Certified and ISF (Imaging Science Foundation) Licensed, the DLA-NZ9 is built with hand-selected components.

Compared to the competition, I have yet to find a single chip consumer 4K DLP projector that could come anywhere close to the color fidelity, contrast, and black level of a JVC LCoS projector like the DLA-NZ9. It is not even a fair fight – the DLA-NZ9 is in a whole other league. If you have the budget to step up from a 4K DLP projector to a 4K JVC D-ILA, you should absolutely do it.

The JVC D-ILA projectors' only true competition is Sony 4K SXRD projectors. Looking at the Sony FPJ lineup, the VW1025ES ($39,999) is comparable to the DLA-NZ9 ($25,999). The JVC offers the same native 4K resolution similar quality optics but with higher native contrast for $14,000 less.

The only projector I have ever reviewed that delivered a noticeably better HDR picture was the prosumer Sony VPL-GTZ380 but that unit cost $80,000 without the lens. While it is the ultimate HDR projector, you could buy three DLA-NZ9s for that price.

Since we have the previous JVC DLA- NX9 hanging from the ceiling in the reference theater in the office which we chose because of its great picture quality. I am very familiar with the picture quality of that unit and we are switching to the DLA-NZ9 as soon as one is available because it is definitely an improvement over the older model. Overall, I was extremely impressed with the performance of the DLA-NZ9, it is arguably the best home theater projector on the market today.

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